Photo Coverage: Curtains Arrivals and Curtain Call
Curtains, a new, original musical comedy featuring one of the last scores by the legendary songwriting team of Kander & Ebb, opened Thursday, March 22 on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, west of Eighth Avenue).
Curtains stars David Hyde Pierce as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi and Debra Monk as producer Carmen Bernstein. The production also stars Karen Ziemba, Jason Danieley, Jill Paice, Edward Hibbert, John Bolton, Michael X. Martin, Michael McCormick, Noah Racey, Ernie Sabella and Megan Sikora.
The show is an original musical comedy with a book by Rupert Holmes (multiple Tony Award-winner for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Say Goodnight Gracie), music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb (the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Cabaret, Chicago), original book and concept by Tony Award®-winner Peter Stone (1776, Titanic, The Will Rogers Follies), and additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes. Curtains is directed by four-time Tony Award-nominee Scott Ellis. Choreography is by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford.
According to production notes, the musical "unfolds backstage at Boston's Colonial Theatre in 1959, where a new musical could be a Broadway smash, were it not for the presence of its talent-free leading lady. When the hapless star dies on opening night during her curtain call, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi (David Hyde Pierce) arrives on the scene to conduct an investigation. But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and after an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn toward making the show a hit, as he is in solving the murder. "
Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.
Amy Fine Collins and guest
Alyson Tucker and Brian Stokes Mitchell
Patty Goble and Debra Monk